Rudolph Frederick MEISWINKEL

Entered into rest peacefully on March 12, 2013 in Phoenix, Arizona at the age of 78. He was born June 29, 1934 in San Francisco, California to Frederick and Barbara Meiswinkel. He attended Saint Ignatius Preparatory High School and was enlisted in the National Guard. Upon the passing of his father he took over the family plastering business at the age of 23. He served as president and owner of Frederick Meiswinkel Inc. (FMI) for over 50 years. He was the ultimate entrepreneur, pursuing ventures of new business enterprises; always seeking the opportunity niche ahead of the competition. He was a pioneer in such ventures as laser systems in construction and environmental recycling at its onset. All the while expanding FMI from plastering to lath, drywall, exterior finish systems and fireproofing. FMI's commercial projects included Pac Bell Park and San Francisco City Hall's renovation, among many more. Rudy is survived by his wife Karin, and his first wife, Patricia (Gaffney), of 34 years along with their loving children Cathie (Kevin) Andel, Julie Meiswinkel, Doug (Kim) Meiswinkel and Karen Archuleta; grandchildren Sean, Kelli, Alex, Christopher, Andrew, Michael, Nicholas, Dominic, Nicole, Rykken and great grandchild, Noah. Survived by siblings Rosa Schiessl, Margaret (Eric) Hansen, Joseph (Carolyn) Meiswinkel; sister-in-law Diane Meiswinkel and brother-in-law John (Sandy) Plough, along with many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his parents, younger siblings Frederick Meiswinkel and Cecilia Plough and brother-in-law Joseph Schiessl. Rudy was the quintessential example of how a small family business, which grew and prospered through hard work and diligence, could impact the economy of the Bay Area, as well as supporting hundreds of employees and their families through decades of time. He was extremely generous and caring to so many throughout his life. He was passionate about the game of golf and passed that on to his children. Gardening was a favorite hobby and he loved boating as well. Rudy will always be remembered for his unique style and the way he embraced life; with fearless pizzazz and courage. Visitation will be held Sunday, March 24, from 4:00-8:00 p.m. with a Rosary at 6:00 p.m. A Funeral Service and Reception will be held on Monday, March 25, at 10:00 a.m. All ceremonies will be held at Skylawn Funeral Home and Memorial Park, Hwy. 92 and Skyline Blvd. in San Mateo. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the .

Published Online in the Press Democrat from Mar. 20 to Mar. 21, 2013